Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year's Resolution #1

Big Picture Classes
What a blessed Christmas we have had.  I actually started writing about it but I haven't uploaded any photos yet so it will have to wait... Probably for the best considering I have so many thoughts firing in my head.

But it was a "Stand-out" Christmas for me personally and I hope to put it into words.

For now, I am SO excited about getting started with what I think will revolutionize how I document my family's life.  I love the digital scrapbooking pages I already have but working chronologically is not working for me.  I am missing the things I really want to document and this process is my answer... I think!

I am very excited and very motivated... and hopeful!  Welcome 2013!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Blessed Christmas

A blessed Christmas... That is what we've had.

The moment the Christmas songs began I had them playing.  I LOVE Christmas carols and hymns and I can do almost any chore while listening to them.  They bring me such joyful emotion; this year, I've especially loved chorale, Nat King Cole, or Josh Groban versions :)

And yet I've found myself very aware (even more so this year) that Christmas is not such a joyful, a time full of joy, for everyone.

I am one who over thinks our Christmas card wording each year.  This year's message was:
Comfort & Joy

For those who have lost loved ones and are missing them something awful, I pray that they share memories, laugh, cry, and spend time with loved ones who are also healing.

For those who are separated from loved ones either by distance, ego, custody, pride, or illness... I pray that they are able to find comfort in and perhaps offer healing to others.

Thinking about the Sandy Hook tragedy takes my breath away several times daily, and yet Christmas is blessed.

Four friends lost close family members right at the holidays, and Christmas is blessed.

One dear friend received a life-changing diagnosis for her child, yet Christmas is blessed.

The blessings have been so plentiful that I cannot list them all.  They are so many that they continued on even while we traveled home several days after the NEW YEAR!  And they keep coming.

Some are as small as taking a deep breath before reacting and others much larger- things we've prayed for years... Answered!

A focus on the blessings... Comfort and Joy!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Party Prep

Santa Hat Source
We are hosting our neighborhood Christmas party this week so I've been trying to get things together much earlier than usual around here!  The good news is our tree went up this weekend!  I still have a lot to do but I found these while looking for a fun, new drink recipe...

I thought these Santa Hat shooters were hilarious!  It wouldn't be a cheesy holiday party without jello shooters!  Click the photo caption for the source and recipe.